Meet our Orthotic & Prosthetic Practitioners
Working together for over 20 years, William Leimkuehler, C.P.O., and John Fabian, C.P.O., have helped Leimkuehler Orthotics and Prosthetics Center grow and thrive through continuity of care and perseverance.
William J. Leimkuehler, C.P.O.
William J. Leimkuehler graduated cum laude from St. Edward High School in Lakewood, Ohio, in 1973.
After William graduated from Ohio University, he started working at Pel Central Fabrication.
Pel Central Fab was a prosthetic-orthotic laboratory that would fabricate, assemble and finish custom artificial limbs and braces for outside companies.
The three years that he worked at Pel Central Fab formed the foundation of his expertise in fabrication.
In 1980, William attended the prosthetic/orthotic program at UCLA Medical Center. This program was devoted to the patient care aspect of prosthetics and orthotics, prescription criteria, medical terminology, gait analysis, casting and alignment procedures as well as the actual fitting of patients.
After UCLA, William did a residency at Scott Orthopedics in Denver, Colorado, for a year to gain practical experience mainly in orthotics.
After returning to Cleveland, William returned to Leimkuehler, Inc., a prosthetic company started by his father in 1948.
After three more years of on-the-job training, William passed the national certification test in orthotics in 1984. His designation was now C.O. - Certified Orthotist.
After another year of training in prosthetics, William was certified in prosthetics in 1985 and his new designation was now C.P.O. – Certified Prosthetist Orthotist, by the American Board of Certification.
William practiced in Cleveland, Ohio, until 1990 at which time he started his own company Leimkuehler Orthotic and Prosthetic Center, which he continues to operate to this day with over 30 years of experience and many patients later.
John G. Fabian, C.P.O./L.C.O.
John graduated from Bethel Park High School in 1979. Prior to his graduation, during the summer of his junior and senior year, John was working for a construction company. Being a high school student, this employment would allow John to earn spending money and help prepare him for the upcoming football season. What he did not know was, he would be injured at work and this would be life-changing.
John sustained multiple lumbar compression fractures, which eventually led to a spinal fusion. It was very clear at this time it would take multiple health professionals, such as a physical therapist and an orthotist, to provide spinal bracing. The orthotist that worked with John so impressed him, it became a clear choice of profession after high school graduation.
Residing on the outskirts of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, there is a large and prestigious hospital, Harmarville Rehabilitation Center. Harmarville was a teaching hospital that had its own orthotic and prosthetic school. John attended their orthotic/prosthetic program in conjunction with allied health and science. After completing orthotic and prosthetic training, John was able to do a clinical rotation. There became an interest in pediatrics, and he was able to obtain an orthotist position with an orthotic/prosthetic facility in Tampa, Florida. The facility in Tampa provided full orthotic/prosthetic care with an emphasis in pediatric orthotics. John worked in Florida for 18 months prior to being hired by Leimkuehler, Inc. in 1984. Over the last 26 years, John has continued with his O & P education by taking certificate courses. Currently, John helps Bill Leimkuehler manage his four offices.
The orthotic and prosthetic field and working for Bill Leimkuehler has really been a blessing. He was able to meet his wife of over 20 years, through my employment. Gayle Fabian, formerly employed as a physical therapist at Firelands Hospital, is currently working as a physical therapist at the Visiting Nurse Association.
John Fabian is in good standing with the American Board for Certification, Board for Orthotic and Prosthetic Certification, and the State Board of Orthotic and Prosthetic Licensing.